Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

“A blended family and a prodigal typically go hand in hand.” –Matt Thiessen, CRU “And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:21   Is it Happy Holidays or Merry...

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Reflections from Chattanooga

It’s BE not DO As I got ready to depart to Chattanooga, I strongly felt the nudge of just being with the Lord, not planning to do all these things in 2018. I sent an individual text to 4-5 buddies and asked them to pray for me while I was...

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The Thanksgiving Surprise

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Food, football, family, and no presents! We all want our kids to be grateful; hopefully you and I want to model gratitude. Lord knows we live in a culture that is very self absorbed, so we are constantly swimming upstream. Gina and I...

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Boot camp at Genesis November 2017

Our first blended together Bootcamp will be hosted at Genesis Church starting Friday night, November 17. Last-minute registration is available on our website. Our friends, Art and Sherry Stone will help us facilitate this powerful packed weekend for blended families. Look at the anticipation of a couple below! Hi Craig,...

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Caught Downstream

Recently a Pastor told me the following story. He started, “Have you heard of the new book written by Andy Stanley? It’s called the New rules of love, sex, and dating. In my church we tend to catch these people downstream.” Let me tell you about Natalie. Natalie is a...

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A Case for Marriage

We celebrate our 20th Anniversary today! We have blended our 7 children and today we have 1 grand-daughter. It has been a ride! We are grateful to our Lord for creating the institution of marriage. It’s sad when we have to plead the cause that marriage is still a good...

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“Honey, the kids…”

Kids. They have a tendency to steal attention away from everything else in the room. Whether it’s a cute toddler just learning how to walk down the aisle of a grocery store, or a temper-fueled child seated next to you in a restaurant, it doesn’t take much for kids to...

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Are You In or Out?

April 27, 2016 We first notice it in middle and high school: that feeling of exclusivity in social groups that seems nearly impossible to penetrate. Do the cool kids like me? Am I a star athlete? Am I popular and pretty? But at church it should be different, right? According to Ephesians, “We’re in with...

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